Managing arid grasslands
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CTA. 1992. Managing arid grasslands. Spore 40. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Desertified grasslands: their biology and management edited by G P Chapman, Linnean Society Symposium Series No. 13, 1992 360pp ISBN 0 12 168570 5 Hbk price UKL47.50 Academic Press
The immense grasslands in the arid and semi-arid regions of the world support species from many families of plants: but it is members of the grass family which characterize, stabilize and define these regions. Although human activity has disturbed the natural distribution of grasses in all the continents, much of the original diversity still remains. This is fortunate, as such species abundance provides a valuable resource which can be called upon to restore the widespread deterioration caused by recent desertification in these dry ecosystems. A new reference work edited by Dr G P Chapman (Wye College, University of London, UK) focuses on research aimed at understanding the biology and improving the management of arid grasslands. CTA supported the symposium on which this book is based and contributed towards the production costs. The book includes a valuable appendix which lists the useful grasses of arid and semi-arid regions and indicates their uses (human food, animal food, materials, medicines and land use). Priority topics highlighted for future study include salt tolerance and the genetics of grasses. More long-term ecological studies are needed, and the accessibility of relevant information needs to be improved. Desertified grasslands: their biology and management edited by G P Chapman, Linnean Society Symposium Series No. 13, 1992 360pp ISBN 0 12 168570 5 Hbk price UKL47.50 Academic Press